NORFOLK-It will be dangerously cold overnight - well below freezing - temperatures that haven't been seen in Hampton Roads for nearly two decades.

If you were out this morning, you'll notice a huge drop with the way it feels now. And it will keep getting colder.

The last time the thermometer reach below 15 degrees was in February 1996.

Bring pets/companion animals inside during this deep freeze. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water. Like people, wind chill can threaten a pet's life. PETA is giving away free bales of hay for people to give their outdoor pets extra protection during the cold.

'It's in our parking lot every day for giveaway. One bag per dog, but we urge people in weather like this to please bring their animals inside,' said spokeswoman Daphna Nachminovitch.

PETA is located at 501 Front Street in Norfolk.
More info on protecting pets from the cold weather.

Winterizing Your Home:
Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
Drip your faucets to help prevent freezing. If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate). State Farm Insurance says an eight-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water in a day.
Check and update your family's emergency supply kit. Include adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
If you use a generator or space heater, use it safely. Place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.
For natural gas users, don't store flammable materials near your natural gas furnace, water heater or stove.
Provide adequate ventilation when using fireplaces or unvented space heaters.
Change or clean the furnace filters to maximize equipment efficiency.

Ifpossible, stay inside, but if you must go out, dress for the extreme weather..

Dressing In Freezing Weather:
Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
Wear a hat. A hat will prevent loss of body heat.
Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.

Health dangers:
Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.

Winterizing Your Car:
Make sure you have engine coolant. It helps protect your engine against corrosion.
Battery capacity is reduced by the cold, so make sure it's well charged.

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